Our Opinion

Veterans Day is Nov. 11, and although it began as an occasion to remember the armistice that international leaders signed in 1918 to end World War I, it has evolved for Americans into a day of deeper meaning.

History reminds us of the sacrifices that U.S. military veterans and their families have made in major wars, and chapters remain to be written about the young men and women who served and are serving in the Persian Gulf and places such as Pakistan and Afghanistan.

It’s been said many times that every day should be Veterans Day, and given what the United States and its citizens have received from U.S. veterans, it really should be—at least in our hearts.

To understand Veterans Day is to understand pain and sacrifice, duty to country and respect for authority. It may be commemorated only once a year, but Veterans Day is everyday for millions of veterans and their families who continue to pay the price of serving their country due to injury and illness.

Countless veterans live in our community, and we owe them eternal gratitude and respect for their service.

Veterans fought for the right to a free and fair election. They fought for the right to protest. They fought for the right to bear arms. They fought for freedom of the press. They fought for us.

Millions of U.S. veterans have died in combat, but their sacrifice was required to keep us—and countless people around the globe—safe from oppression.

As Election Day on Nov. 3 seemingly turned into Election Week, Joe Biden was projected on Nov. 7 to be the winner of the presidential race.

Four days after Biden’s victory speech on Nov. 7, Nov. 11 again reminds us that the courage, honor and respect displayed by members of the U.S. military should be emulated by all Americans.

People who respect others, especially military veterans, give thanks every day for their sacrifices and those of their families, but on Veterans Day 2020, we also give thanks for President-elect Biden’s victory over Donald Trump, who infamously mocked Republican U.S. Sen. John McCain, a veteran who spent five years in Vietnam as a prisoner of war being tortured in the Hanoi Hilton. Trump also is the president who disrespected top military officials by calling them “losers” and “a bunch of dopes and babies.”

This year, we especially thank U.S. veterans for their defense of a free and fair election.